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Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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Wine Recommendation: Fall Creek Vineyards 2005 Chenin Blanc, Texas About Fall Creek Vineyards: Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife, Susan. The vineyards are located eighty miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country where the sandy loam soil, warm days and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The Chenin Blanc is full of ripe apple and sweet pear flavors wrapped in a mouth-watering texture. With a residual sugar of about 2%, the Chenin Blanc is tremendously popular and a real crowd pleaser. Return to Fall Creek Vineyards Wine List

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Dry Creek Vineyard:
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consu... Read more
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. For more than 30 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
03/11/2009

A nice blend of smoke, pickle barrel, vanilla and sweet fruit with a bit of background cocoa, dirt and herbs. A bit simple with sweet wood and dark cherry fruit on the palate, good acids and well measured tannins. Turns a bit blocky and stiff on the backend with a lovely hint of bitter cocoa that cut through the sweetness and leads to a moderatly long finish with a bit of spicy and mineral. Really fine bottle of wine at this price. 87pts


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3.50 5
01/23/2009

A nice freshness on the nose with a hint of spice leads to a smooth creamy wine -- oak and blackberries, sour cherry, a bit of medicine, some cola, black pepper and a drying, medicinal, resinous coffee finish.

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Snooth User: sxs05913
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0.00 5
12/26/2008

This wine won a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in September 2008 and the Reserve Championship at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Competition announced November 2008. There's not much available and what's left will go fast. It's great.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
01/23/2009

Not too shabby. The flavor is compact but elegant. A little too lackluster to amaze me, but certainly seems like a well-crafted wine.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
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3.00 5
05/20/2009

Not impressed. I keep putting the glass down instead of keeping my nose stuck in it as I tend to do with wines I like. It's not bad, just a bit bland. The nose is pleasant with some sweet spice notes, but the palate is flat. Good tannins though.


Snooth User: barri0s1872
802761,433
3.00 5
12/03/2008

i didn't expect this to actually be dry but it is. It has all the qualities of a chenin blanc but softer, not as powerful with the green apples as a vouvray or anjou chenin blanc


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
01/23/2009

Hot nose of plums and baked fruits. Rounded with medium acidity. Very fruity - rich, deep fruits burst out. Great value for the price - you get a lot of wine (fruit mainly, but some structure) for the money.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.50 5
01/18/2010

(Review of December 2009.) Superlative Napa Cabernet whose rich fruit and approachable texture make it delicious now, but whose beautiful balance and structure and grip suggest it will be good for years to come. Lots going on in this wine, from the deep, classic dark currant/cherry fruit to the chocolate, roasted herbs, coffee, and spice underneath the surface. I've been impressed with all the Davis Family wines I've tried, but this is my pick of the litter so far.


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External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc

External Review
04/07/2011

Chenin Blanc is a people friendly grape, but, sadly, with few devotees in the wine aficionado community of North America. Personally, I’ve always thought Chenin Blanc has about the same potential to express its own varietal virtues and that of varied terroirs as does Chardonnay. However, in the course of varietal recognition in our marketplace starting back in the 1960s, Chenin Blanc got cloaked in residual sugar, just as Chardonnay got cloaked in wood. Alas, in the rush to emulate Bordeaux and Burgundy (and not the Loire!), wood became the cloak of choice and Chardonnay became the fashion mannequin of choice. So look on the bright side, you don’t need a bank loan to buy an interesting bottle of Chenin Blanc, and for a whopping $6.99 I recommend rediscovering the virtues of Chenin Blanc with this wine. Does the residual sugar mask too much? In my opinion, yes. Does it mask everything? Not by a long shot! Start with the enticing lemon yellow hue, and catch the citrus again in the nose, with tropical undertones. On the palate you’ll find refreshing floral and apple notes and a touch of straw, with acidity to balance the sweetness. This is, indeed, a people friendly wine. Noth’in wrong with that, pard’ner!


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


External Review
02/28/2009

Blend of cab and other bordeaux varietals. Flavors of blackberries, cherries and a touch of spice.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



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Wine Recommendation: Fall Creek Vineyards 2005 Chenin Blanc, Texas About Fall Creek Vineyards: Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife, Susan. The vineyards are located eighty miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country where the sandy loam soil, warm days and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes. Winemaker Tasting Notes: The Chenin Blanc is full of ripe apple and sweet pear flavors wrapped in a mouth-watering texture. With a residual sugar of about 2%, the Chenin Blanc is tremendously popular and a real crowd pleaser. Return to Fall Creek Vineyards Wine List

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